Leftovers Don’t Have To Be Boring: Part 1(Beef Dishes)

“She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens.”  ESV Proverbs 31:15

By: Jennifer Mullen

Today I am going to share with you how I repurpose leftovers to make completely different meals.  I will focus on beef options in this post, and on Friday I will focus on chicken.

This was my menu for the fourth week in October:

I prepared my lettuce and veggies on Sunday night so that we could have a salad as a side for any meal we wished and have lettuce for our burgers.  Also, I went ahead and washed my fresh fruit so that it was ready for meal time as well.  Most of these meals can be prepared ahead of time to help with the evening stress load.

Monday: Pasta Bake

  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 can of pasta sauce
  • pasta
  • mozzarella cheese
  • pepperoni

 

Brown the ground beef.  Add sauce.  Cook pasta until al dente and drain.  Combine pasta and meat sauce.  Top with pepperoni and cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees until cheese is bubbly.  (I put it together during nap time and then pop it in the oven 30 minutes before dinner time.  This allows more family time in the evening instead of being stuck in the kitchen.) Usually enough for our family of four to have leftovers for the kids the next day.

Tuesday: Pot Roast and Mashed Potatoes

  • 2 pounds of chuck roast
  • 1 packet of dry onion soup mix
  • 1 can of beef broth

In a crock pot place your roast then pour the soup mix on top.  Then add beef broth and water until the roast is covered.  Cook on low for 6-8 hrs.

Because cooking is not my thing, I normally have my husband pick up mashed potatoes from KFC on his way home from work, but I had potatoes left from the potato soup I made the week before. Plus I thought I better put my potato masher that I bought to make applesauce to good use! (See the post on applesauce here.) We had a can of veggies and salad as sides.

Wednesday: BBQ Sandwiches

  • leftover roast beef shredded
  • great value BBQ sauce
  • hamburger buns

Combine the leftover roast beef and BBQ sauce in an oven-safe bowl.  I do this the night before as I am cleaning the kitchen after eating the pot roast.  That way I can pop it in the oven just before dinner. Works great for busy nights with lots of activities. Cook at 350 degrees until warm.  Serve on hamburger buns. Add fresh veggies and fruit or a can of baked beans.

*For another idea for a recipe using pot roast, see Gretchen’s recipe for Italian Au Jus Sandwiches.

Thursday: Grilled Hamburgers

Simply grill four hamburger patties and serve on the leftover buns from the BBQ sandwiches.  Add chips, fresh veggies, and fruit.

Because we have two kids under five years, the kids spilt a burger.  That leaves one patty to be used as the hamburger on the pizza for Friday night.

*If you would rather have turkey burgers, click here to see Gretchen’s recipe.

Friday: Homemade Pizza

  • pizza dough of your choice
  • cheese (leftover from Monday)
  • pepperoni (leftover from Monday)
  • hamburger (leftover from Thursday)
  • can of pizza sauce (If I were a little more organized I would have used the same sauce as Monday.)

The kids loved building the pizza.  We enjoyed it during our family movie night.  We added canned peaches and fresh baby carrots (and some chocolate!).

For this week-long worth of recipes, you will need the follow:

  • 2 pounds of hamburger meat
  • 1 chuck roast
  • 1 package of pepperoni
  • onion soup mix
  • 1 can of beef broth
  • shredded mozzarella
  • hamburger buns
  • pasta
  • potatoes (milk and butter too)
  • pizza crust
  • pizza sauce
  • pasta sauce
  • fresh fruit and veggies

A little planning can help keep your meals interesting and keep leftovers from going to waste.  This will also help your grocery budget!  Check back on Friday to see my chicken ideas.

Related Mosaic of Moms Articles: To see Gretchen’s three part series on meal planning complete with helpful tips, grocery lists, and menu templates, start here.